A Doctor's Sword: How an Irish Doctor Survived War, by Bob Jackson

By Bob Jackson

‘There a blue flash followed via a ver y vibrant magnesium-type flare … Then got here a frighteningly loud yet fairly flat explosion, which was once via a blast of scorching air … All this was once by way of eerie silence.’

This was once Cork surgeon Aidan MacCarthy’s description of the atomic bomb explosion above Nagasaki in August 1945, simply over a mile from the place he was once trembling in a makeshift bomb take care of within the Mitsubishi POW camp.

At the top of the battle, a jap officer did the unthinkable: he surrendered his samurai sword to MacCarthy, his enemy and previous prisoner.

This is the magnificent tale of the wartime adventures of Dr Aidan MacCarthy, who survived the evacuation at Dunkirk, burning planes, sinking ships, jungle war and appalling privation as a eastern prisoner of war.

It is a narrative of survival, forgiveness and humanity at its such a lot admirable.

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